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Out of Passau : leaving a city Hitler called home
Rosmus, Anna.
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, [2004]

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206 pages ; 24 cm
Americans in lower Bavaria -- Hitler at home in Passau -- Volunteer soldier turns priest -- The blue-eyed girl -- A miraculous rescue -- Childhood in Passau -- Encounters in America -- A different kind of city tour -- The concentration camp next door -- The DVU and a rabbi in an SS uniform -- "You won't be stealing anything here!" -- Journey to the consulate -- U.S. veterans open their photo albums -- Christmas in Washington -- Where strangers are not unwanted.
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Anna Elisabeth Rosmus began her life's work unexpectedly at age 20 when she wrote an essay about her hometown during the Third Reich for a national contest. She never dreamed her youthful research would be the start of a distinguished publishing career and that her life would be the basis for the 1990 Academy Award-nominated film The Nasty Girl. Passau, Germany, her entire life, yet she was unaware that the father of Heinrich Himmler had once been a professor at the college-preparatory high school she attended or that Adolf Hitler and other prominent Nazi party members had grown up just across the Danube River in Austria. Since Rosmus had no knowledge of these and other Nazi affiliations and activities in her hometown, she embarked on her essay project confident that the Passau citizenry would be proud of her findings. Rosmus had no inkling she had just begun what would become a lifelong effort to uncover Passau's buried complicity in the crimes of the Nazi state - an effort that would bring overwhelming gratitude from the international Jewish community but contempt and ostracism from the people whom she had known all her life. about her fateful decision to expose her hometown's Nazi past. In this volume Rosmus recounts her determination after years of persecution, threats and physical attacks to immigrate to the United States. Despite the praise she had earned around the world, officials and citizens of Passau continued to obstruct her work. In this memoir, Rosmus relives her turmoil over whether to stay in Passau or to leave; describes the more open-minded world she found in Washington D.C.; and discusses how she has been able to carry on her research from the United States.

Author Notes

Anna Elisabeth Rosmus, an author and human rights activist, is the recipient of many awards for her struggle against bigotry and anti-Semitism. Her honors include the Conscience in Media Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Heinz-Galinski Prize given by the German Jewish Community, the Sarnat Prize from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends in Pursuit of Justice. Her writings about Nazism and neo-Nazism have educated generations of Germans and non-Germans, particularly those born after 1945, about the Holocaust. Rosmus lives near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland
Imogen Von Tannenberg previously served as director of translations at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California

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Booklist Review

This vivid sequel to Against the Stream (2002) continues the author's account of how she uncovered her hometown's Nazi past. Rosmus, a Catholic, recalls her decision to immigrate to the U.S. after years of threats and persecution. She gives a historical background to the times, describing the rise of Adolf Hitler, anti-Semitism before World War II, and the neo-Nazi movement in the 1990s. She relates how American troops entered the Passau region in April 1945 at the end of the war, how they were horrified at finding the corpses of concentration camp prisoners and infants, and how--over the years--she became increasingly determined to expose Passau's complicity in Nazi war crimes. Rosmus intersperses her account of the atrocities with memories of her childhood in Germany: weekend family gatherings, school outings, Christmas celebrations and other Catholic rituals, and dance classes in high school. In 1994 the author moved to the U.S. From my vantage point in America, she writes, I have continued to observe the events in Passau with undiminshed interest. --George Cohen Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

1 Americans in Lower Bavariap. 1
2 Hitler at Home in Passaup. 32
3 Volunteer Soldier Turns Priestp. 47
4 The Blue-Eyed Girlp. 59
5 A Miraculous Rescuep. 75
6 Childhood in Passaup. 83
7 Encounters in Americap. 104
8 A Different Kind of City Tourp. 116
9 The Concentration Camp Next Doorp. 127
10 The DVU and a Rabbi in an SS Uniformp. 143
11 "You Won't Be Stealing Anything around Here!"p. 151
12 Journey to the Consulatep. 162
13 U.S. Veterans Open Their Photo Albumsp. 170
14 Christmas in Washingtonp. 181
15 Where Strangers Are Not Unwantedp. 190
Epiloguep. 202